IOG offering expertise on decentralized forms of governance in Iraq

The IOG team with Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Rowsch Nuri Shaways and UNDP’s Bob Boase.

On February 16, a senior IOG delegation left for Iraq. The group, led by Maryantonett Flumian, has been sharing its expertise on decentralized forms of governance to the government of Iraq. The group has participated in a conference where they examined how to best integrate decentralized governance inside the overall public sector modernization activities that are currently taking place in Iraq.

Throughout their stay, the group is engaging with Iraqi government officials, the UN Public Sector Modernization Team and other parts of the international community to discuss public administration issues. The work is to be conducted in collaboration with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Iraq under the leadership of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In order to make significant progress on the required reforms for effective decentralized governance and ensure that necessary public administration reforms are undertaken, it is vital for the government of Iraq to arrive at a new strategic and policy framework in this domain. The IOG takes great pride in supporting this important initiative.


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About the Authors

  • Maryantonett Flumian

    Maryantonett Flumian


    As the President of the Institute on Governance, Maryantonett Flumian is responsible for the development of the Institute’s vision and strategic direction, project and partnership development, and the fostering of programs to promote public discussion of governance issues.

    She is a seasoned senior executive at the Deputy Minister level in the Canadian federal Public Service with more than 20 years of large-scale operational experience in the economic, social and federal/provincial domains. She is internationally recognized for her work as a transformational leader across many complex areas of public policy and administration such as labour markets, firearms, fisheries, and environmental issues. She was the first Deputy Minister of Service Canada. Her current research focuses on leadership, collaboration, governance, and the transformational potential of technology primarily in the area of citizen-centered services. Maryantonett was at the University of Ottawa between 2006 and 2009 initiating programming for the development of senior public service leaders.

    Maryantonett holds a Master’s Degree in History and completed comprehensive exams towards a PhD in History at the University of Ottawa.

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